Venezuela reverses half-hour time change

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Venezuela reverses half-hour time change

<p>Venezuela has reversed a half-hour time change that was one of the signature measures of former president Hugo Chavez’s idiosyncratic 14-year rule.</p> <p>Chavez turned Venezuela’s clocks back 30 minutes in 2007 so that children could wake up for school in daylight.</p> <p>But his successor Nicolas Maduro has decided to return to the previous system, four hours behind <span class="caps">GMT</span>, to ensure more daylight in the evening when energy consumption peaks.</p> <p>A severe drought is affecting the Guri reservoir that provides two-thirds of Venezuela’s power needs, and water and electricity outages are frequent.</p> <p>“Right now we are four and a half hours behind; we will move to being 4 hours behind Greenwich meantime. We will return to the time zone on the 60th parallel west,” Science Minister Jorge Arreaza said.</p>